Odisha betel farmers clash with cops

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2013 11:35 hrs

Jagatsinghpur, Odisha, Feb 3 (IBNS): Betel farmers and police clashed on Sunday at POSCO's plant in Jagatsinghpur district in Odisha after the latter allegedly attempted to forcibly acquire the land for the steel giant, that was allotted to farmers, said media reports.

Reports said betel farmers protested after the police dismantled seven betel vines.

Villagers claimed that the police tried to lathicharge on them, not even sparing women.

However, the police denied the accusations claiming there was no lathicharge.

Meanwhile, 12 platoons of police have been deployed at the site. The District Collector and the local Superintendent of Police are also present at site.

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